Needville ISD school board members approved the calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.

The first day of school will be Monday, Aug. 26, and main holidays are: Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 25-29; Christmas Break, Dec. 23-Jan. 6, with an early release day on Friday, Dec. 20; and Spring Break, March 9-13.

The last day of school is set for Friday, May 29, with graduation that evening in Blue Jay Stadium.

At January’s board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Beth Briscoe presented the annual Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), which includes State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing and other information at the state, region and district levels.

The report showed Needville ISD students excelling in most subjects, with 49.5 percent college-ready graduates in 2017 compared to an average of 47.0 percent statewide. In addition, 16.8 percent of 2017 NISD graduates were career or military-ready, compared to 13.2 percent statewide.

The state’s new accountability rating system went in to effect last year, with Needville ISD earning an A.

Needville ISD’s average attendance rate for the 2016-2017 school year is 96.9 percent, compared to the state’s 95.7 percent, and the district’s drop-out rate is 0 for grades seven through eight and 0.2 percent for grades nine through 12, compared to the state’s 0.3 and 1.9 percent, espectively.

Needville ISD students who took the SATs in 2017 averaged a score of 1075, compared to 1019 across the state, and NISD’s ACT scores that year averaged 21.7 compared to the state’s 20.3.

In 2016, 63.6 percent of NISD graduates enrolled in a Texas institute of higher education, compared to 54.7 percent statewide.

All grades, all subjects averages for STAAR testing in 2018 showed NISD students performing at 86 percent in the Approached Grade Level or Above category, compared to 77 percent statewide. In the Meets Grade Level or Above, NISD students scored 54 percent compared to the state’s 48 percent, and in the Masters Grade Level or Above category, NISD students scored 21 percent compared to the state’s 22 percent.

The TAPR report shows NISD had an enrollment of 3,222 for the 2017-2018 school year and the average years of experience for NISD teachers is 15.5 compared to 10.9 across the state.

The complete TAPR report is posted at, under the heading “District Information” at the top of the home page.

Mike Brotherton, partner with Belt Harris Pechacek, LLLP, presented Needville ISD’s annual financial audit and praised Assistant Superintendent of Finance Dovie Peschel and her staff for their hard work and expertise in maintaining excellent documentation and internal controls.

His comments were also positive in relation to the financial aspects of the district, noting that this was a clean audit with no material weaknesses or deficiencies.

Brotherton said the district has a healthy general operating fund balance of $9,898,593.

Trustees approved the employment of Belt Harris Pechacek, LLLP, for the 2018-2019 financial audit as well.

Principals from all four campuses thanked trustees for their support of the district’s staff and students, and presented them with gifts in celebration of January as Texas School Board Recognition Month.

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